Welcome back to The Shak.
Since hanging the gate, forming the ramp and laying the retaining blocks at the entrance to the courtyard on the 29th of March, I have done little but pass through on my trips to and from the barn.
|This picture was taken March 29th.|
If I reduce the surface area that drains to the low spot, I can reduce the chance of water pooling there. Toward that end, I made the top of the ramp the highest point in the courtyard. From that point the ground now slopes slightly toward the fences. The only water the low spot should get is what falls directly upon it and the ramp. If ever enough rain falls that it pools, it will do so in a shallow trench along the periphery of the fence.
|The highest point is the far corner of the left bed.|
From there the ground slopes toward the fence.
Hard work done, I flooded the entire area with the hose. This not only helps compact the soil, it shows me the flow of the water. Once flooded it also showed me where flow ended and pooling began.
|The causway is the darker area|
outside of which is the shallow trench.
|Another shot of the causeway,|
running from the just visible corner of the raised bed to about a footand a half from the fence.
Most of the water had drained by the time I finished shoveling dirt and finding the camera. So, drainage does not appear to be a problem.
I also laid some weed barrier. I only mention that because I think these pictures are cool and sometimes I like to mention the obvious. I'll have the courtyard done before planting season.
|Taken with my back against the north fence. April 14th|